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The Devil's Dictionary: Leviathan

by Ambrose Bierce LETTUCELEXICOGRAPHERLEVIATHAN -n. An enormous aquatic animal mentioned by Job. Some suppose it to have been the whale, but that distinguished ichthyologer, Dr. Jordan, of …

Brewer's: Leviathan

The crocodile, or some extinct sea monster, described in the Book of Job (chap. xii.). It sometimes in Scripture designates Pharaoh, King of Egypt, as in Psa. lxxiv. 14, Isa. xxvii. l, and …

Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hobbes was an English philosopher who wrote the 1651 book, Leviathan, a political treatise that described the natural life of mankind as "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short." Hobbes was …

Laying the First Transatlantic Cable

The Question: I am looking for the name of the 700 foot long ship that laid the first transatlantic cable connecting Europe with North America in 1866. They a…

The Devil's Dictionary: Lettuce

by Ambrose Bierce LEONINELEVIATHANLETTUCE -n. An herb of the genus Lactuca, "Wherewith," says that pious gastronome, Hengist Pelly, "God has been pleased to reward the good and punish the wi…

Brewer's: Leveret

A young hare. The Duke d'Epernon always swooned at the sight of a leveret, though he was not affected if he saw a hare. (See Fox.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer…

Brewer's: Levites

(2 syl.). In Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel, means the Dissenting clergy who were expelled by the Act of Conformity. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Levitic…

Dave Bautista

Dave Bautista went from being a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion to a crowd favorite on the big screen, as Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy film franchise. From the mean …

Robert Graves: Jonah

JonahA purple whale Proudly sweeps his tail Towards Nineveh; Glassy green Surges between A mile of roaring sea."O town of gold, Of splendour multifold, Lucre and lust, Leviathan's eye Can sure…

The Devil's Dictionary: Lexicographer

by Ambrose Bierce LEVIATHANLIARLEXICOGRAPHER -n. A pestilent fellow who, under the pretense of recording some particular stage in the development of a language, does what he can to arrest it…